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Can't Hurry Love (Crooked Creek Ranch #2)

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  555 ratings  ·  89 reviews
From award-winning author Molly O’Keefe comes a wonderfully written contemporary romance about second chances at life and at love.

Victoria Baker, the penniless widow of a disgraced financier, is ready to stand up, be counted, and make a new life for herself and her beloved son in Texas. She’s taking over Crooked Creek ranch, her birthright, and turning it into something
Paperback, 384 pages
Published July 31st 2012 by Bantam
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After finishing this book, I'm feel'in HOT, HOT, HOT! Holy smokes, this book certainly turns up the heat and for the most part, I whole-heartedly recommend it!

This book features Luc's (from Can't Buy Me Love) sister Victoria and their sexy ranch foreman, Eli. In all honesty, I couldn't stand Victoria's character in the previous book, however, this author has an amazing ability to redeem even the most unlikable characters. Throughout this book, I ended up really liking Victoria and respecting her
Can’t Hurry Love is a sexy, emotionally gripping, complicated love story about two people who are deeply scarred by their pasts. It is a story about the struggles of two people trying to overcome the hurts and disappointments from previous relationships in order to be able to open up their hearts to one another.

Molly O’ Keefe's characters are beautifully flawed and real. They are so fleshed out that they simply pop off the page. Eli and Victoria start off as characters that are not very likable
Capri (Wickedly Delicious Book Blog)
I was curious about Eli from Can’t Buy Me Love #1 and my heart ached for him in Can’t Hurry Love. His mother left him and his dad when he was eight and never seen her since. His dad took it out on him by drinking, barely feeding him and never cared if he went to school.

I went into Can’t Hurry Love knowing I did not like Victoria, but I was hoping she would turn out better than her spoiled brat character from Can’t Buy Me Love. Oh My Goodness she became just flat out evil and mean. She is turnin
Tina "coffee and books"
4.5 Stars

Can’t Hurry Love is the 2nd book in the Crooked Creek Ranch series by Molly O’Keefe and the best one, yet! I loved this book! It had it all, angst, overcoming the past, a kid, a very hot cowboy and great sex!

Victoria Baker is taking back her life. She was under the thumb of her father for years and went straight from him to a husband that expected a society wife to do his bidding and keep her mouth shut. This fit her perfectly. She was never the brave one and was fine with her husband

Can’t Hurry Love Molly O'Keefe

This is the second book of Molly O’Keefe’s series, with a third book “CRAZY THING CALLED LOVE” – Coming January 28, 2013. This series all started with the death of Victoria’s father and the fact that Lyle Baker (her father) was using his death and wealth to lure his children back to the ranch and reunite them. So far, it has been working quite spectacularly.

With this book, we find Victoria Baker, the ‘bastard’ daughter of Lyle helping her brother Luc out. Luc inhe
Reading Can’t Hurry Love, I was reminded of one of my favorite Flannery O’Connor quotations: “There is something in us, as storytellers and as listeners to stories, that demands the redemptive act, that demands that what falls at least be offered the chance to be restored.” Molly O’Keefe’s Crooked Creek books feature deeply flawed characters who need redemption. For Luc and Tara Jean in Can’t Buy Me Love, despite their real faults, I found something likeable in them early on. It took me much lon ...more
I've been sitting on this book for almost 5 months because I really want to write a review. It's one of few books that I finish reading and immediately start again.

The main characters are just so f*cked up. We met both in the previous book of the series. Victoria was Lyle Baker's illegitimate daughter whose inheritance was contingent on her brother staying on the ranch. An unlikable character - she was the widower of a lawyer who had commited suicide after his ponzi scheme got found out, and a w
A story you will not want to miss! Actually rated 4.5. Taken from my review at

After her financier husband became embroiled in a scandal and subsequently killed himself, single mother Victoria returned to her father’s ranch with her son Jacob. After her father’s death, the ranch is left to her brother Luc, who wants nothing to do with it. So he offers it to her, giving her a year on the ranch until the escrow runs out. Then she can purchase it from him. This is a dream come tr
Cherri Porter
Redemption for the characters in the eyes of the reader--that's tricky. One of my new favorite things is when I hate a character in the book where they first appear as a secondary, but then they bloom in the next as a primary and are redeemed for me. I'm unskilled enough yet as a reader and a write to know how this works, but Victoria Baker is one of those characters for me and I loved her and Ely's story.

...favorite lines...

"...he fought himself not to take advantage. Not to push this strange
Nicole Helm
I think I could go on and on about this book. It was, really good. Where the first book in the series I spent a lot of time in my "writer mind" wondering how O'Keefe managed to pull it off, mainly this book I spent as a reader, wallowing in Tori and Eli's total effed-uppedness and their slow, rocky climb to learning how to be themselves and learning how to communicate that to each other. I like how finding solace in each other allowed them to finally be the best version of themselves ...more
Franny (The Reader's Edge)
In CAN'T HURRY LOVE, Victoria's husband Joel committed suicide after being caught running a ponzi scheme. Thrust out of her posh life in New York City, she begins the steps to start anew. Victoria asks her brother, Luc, if she can run the ranch left to him by their father until it is out of escrow and she can purchase it for herself and her son. She had never really felt she had accomplished much besides having a wonderful son who is now 7 years old. Eli, the ranch foreman, had been planning to ...more

They say once you hit rock bottom there's no way to go but back up. What they don't tell you is that sometimes when you're attempting to stand back up, you get knocked right back down again. That would pretty much sum up Victoria Baker Schulman's life. Every time she's hit bottom something or someone knocks her back down. Now she was attempting to get her life together once more and wouldn't you know it, Eli Turnbull, the ranch's sexy manager, was taking his turn at bat attempting to thwart her
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I was going back and forth between rating this book 2 stars or 2.5 stars. I finally settled on 2 stars because, to be honest, this book drove me up a wall. Wait, let me be clear, the characters in this book drove me up a wall.

I have to say that the heroine especially was the most annoying for me. She was too wishy-washy and couldn’t make good decisions about her life and her relationships. She flip-flopped around too much for my liking, and came off rather whine-y, and unlikable.
I had no idea I would love this book that much, really, or I wouldn't have kept it in my TBR pile for so long.
The best thing about Can't Hurry Love was Eli, the award-wining character.
Let's see... he definitely deserves the award for worst jerk on the planet. He was just horrible to Victoria in the beginning of the book, truly mean and infuriating. It was great, really really great... because it meant he had a LOT to make up for. And he did !! Definitely deserves the best-groveling award as we
I think I liked this one a bit more than the first. I can't quite put my finger on why. I think it might have to do with the fact the Tori and Eli have known each other a while. It could also be that I felt like they took more time to fall in love with each other. I also liked that there was an epilogue of sorts that gave me a greater sense of closure for the couple that I didn't get in the first one.

Both Tori and Eli have abandonment issues. This makes it harder for them to trust each other an
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There is a thin line between love and hate best describes this book. This is the second in the Crooked Creek Ranch series. And I will admit that I have not read the first one and based on this book I will not be picking it up anytime soon. I was very disappointed in this book. The characters are mean, hostile and dark. While I can handle the fighting in the beginning I expected the characters to have a change of heart that never happened. They fought on a
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What can I say 4 stars for this one. Victoria Baker is a women who has allowed men to walk all over her all her life ; she has taken over the running of the family ranch after hers fathers death. Victoria is seeking a new life for herself and son Jacob after her husbands horrific and disgraceful death.
Unfortunately , Victoria knows nothing about ranching . Victoria finds herself relying on Eli Turnball her fathers ranch Forman to
Ayu Wirdha
Lebih bagus dari buku 1, aplg ditambah dgn second love story antara Celeste (ibu tiri Victoria) dan Gavin.

The hero sendiri punya banyak kekecewaan dlm hidupnya, ibunya meninggalkan Eli ketika berumur 8 thn. Ayahnya melampiaskan hal itu ke Eli sehingga hidup Eli seperti di neraka. Saat ini ayah Eli dlm perawatan krn sakit parah & amnesia.

Victoria ketika akan merenovasi ranch menjadi spa menyewa Ami (ibunya Eli) seorang arsitek yg mau dibayar murah karena untuk dapat rekonsiliasi dgn anaknya.
I almost DNFed this a couple of times. The MCs had so many issues.
Such beautifully layered characterizations. Molly O'Keefe does it again with book two in the Crooked Creek Ranch trilogy--this book focuses on Victoria Baker, younger half-sister of Luc (star of book 1), and Eli Turnbull, ranch foreman of the Baker ranch.

She's widowed, and mother to a seven-year-old. She's spent much of her life learning to be accommodating and pleasant and agreeable and pretty, and it is a pleasure to watch her grow into a strong woman in her own right.

He's tough and not terrib
Colantha Amo
As we read the other books, we learn Victoria is running from a failed marriage and media tabloids to start a new life. And she gets her own book in Can't hurry Love! I was happy because I didn't really like her at first as she seemed to lean on Luc too much, and she had a young child who needed a mother, not a falling apart mother who just wants to avoid reality.

Victoria and Eli was seen in another book, but Victoria was unable to recognize him, and then you get an upfront view of his fury. And
Stephanie E
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This book was fantastic. It was sexy, emotional, and I loved the pulsing, uncomfortable anger of the hero. It made the ending so satisfying.
Maria Rose
The second book in the Crooked Creek Ranch series can be read as a standalone but there are benefits to reading book 1 first in order to better feel the transformation of Victoria, stepsister to Luc (hero of book 1) from downtrodden socialite to a woman who knows her own mind. This book is the story of Victoria and Eli, a ranch hand also introduced as a secondary character in book 1.

Victoria has taken over the ranch that her stepbrother inherited from their abusive father and Eli has worked his
This was an interesting book. I was a fan of the first in the series and I have to say, it took me a while to warm up to this story. For the first third of the book, I didn't like any character but Jacob and the horses. I found Victoria annoying, Eli was an ass, John a bully, Celeste a snob and even Ruby annoyed me somewhat. For whatever reason, even knowing the backstory about Victoria's husband, Eli's mom leaving him and all that, I couldn't feel an ounce of pity for either.

It wasn't until Eli
Thanks to the publisher, Random House Publishing Group, and NetGalley for the chance to read this early!

Sharp dialogue, steamy scenes, and tension that will ensure the reader, me, experiences each emotion alongside the character – and oh boy are there some strong emotions.

Can't Hurry Love is the journey of two adversaries who discover it’s possible for two broken individuals to find love. Each has past insecurities that repeatedly interfere with the fragile happiness Eli and Victoria had found,
Victoria Schulman, half sister of Luc Baker, returned to Crooked Creek Ranch in Texas just before the death of her father, hoping that she would receive a healthy part of his legacy so she can pick up the pieces of her life. Her late husband left her destitute and shamed following the discovery of his illegal Ponzi scheme and subsequent suicide. Now she's been left the ranch and is ready to learn how to manage it so that she and her seven-year old son, Jacob, can move on with their lives. Howeve ...more
Kat Latham
Victoria’s husband stole money from their friends then killed himself when he was found out, leaving her with a sick son, no house and friends who despised her. When her father dies and leaves his ranch to Victoria’s half-brother, her brother asks her to live at the ranch and run it.

Liam’s family has worked on the ranch for generations. In fact, they used to own the land but lost it in a dodgy deal. So when city-girl Victoria shows up with no clue how to run the place, Liam takes immediate advan
This is another great book by Molly. She brought back all of the characters from Can't Buy Me Love in this second book from her Crooked Creek series. This book is about Victoria and Eli and their tumultuous relationship. Eli's family had lost this ranch years ago and he worked on the ranch as the foreman hoping he will be able to buy the ranch back when the old man Baker dies. That doesn't happen but he stays on with the son and daughter who inherit it. He tries to get friendly with the daughter ...more
Victoria Schulman has become a shell of what she used to be, thanks to a husband who wanted a weaker woman to make him feel strong. She came home to claim her inheritance when her estranged father was dying and has decided to stay. She does not get the inheritance she wished for but her brother is willing to sell her the Crooked Creek Ranch after it comes out of escrow in a year. In the meantime she needs to pick herself up and learn how to run a ranch.

Eli Turnbull has been the ranch foreman for
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Molly O'Keefe has always known she wanted to be a writer (except when she wanted to be a florist or a chef and the brief period of time when she considered being a cowgirl). And once she got her hands on some romances, she knew exactly what she wanted to write.

She published her first Harlequin romance at age 25 and hasn't looked back. She loves exploring every character's road towards happily ever
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Other Books in the Series

Crooked Creek Ranch (3 books)
  • Can't Buy Me Love (Crooked Creek Ranch, #1)
  • Crazy Thing Called Love (Crooked Creek Ranch, #3)
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